Charles William Pickering of Liverpool & Clara White

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Charles William Pickering

In November 2012, Corene (Great Grandaughter of Charles William Pickering and Bell White) and husband Jim Wilson provided new information about this family that corrects erroneous dates and names and added some wonderful photos to this family's story. Thank you for taking the time to share your family information.

Charles William Pickering
was the first son of Charles William Harrison and Elizabeth Catherine Walker Pickering. The Pickering's of Liverpool were involved in many businesses including banking, shipping, cotton mills, and corn merchants. Their history of involvement in with the ownership of ships is just unfolding.

Through oral history handed down Charles would contract to captain merchant ships out of San Francisco while his family remained in Junction City. He would take a train from Kansas to San Francisco, be at sea for six months or so, and then return home for a few months. It's possible that the Census that shows him as a "Teamster" is the term that was used while he was occupied as a merchant ship captain.


  •  Children of Charles W Pickering
       and Clara Isabella White
  •  Family Photo Album
  •  Charles William Pickering Obituary
  •  Charles William Pickering, Seaman
  •  Story of Bell's Locket
  •  Son, Charles Eugene Pickering
      and Rosa Ella Jones children
  •  1880 to 1905 Census Records

»  Timeline Details

Charles William Pickering

b: 03 Sep 1841, Liverpool, England
c: 15 Oct 1841, St George, Everton Lancashire
m: 08 Oct 1866 (age 25)
d: 30 Aug 1928 Junction City, KS (age 87)
b: 3 Sept 1841, Junction City, Geary Co, KS
o: Sea Captain
        + Clara Isabella (Bell) White
        b: 01 Apr 1852, Illinois
        d: 27 May 1898
        Parents: James (b. Indiana) & Teabe (b. Ohio) White (Irish)

Isabella White

Clara Isabella (Bell) White

Isabella (Bell) White was the daughter of James and Janet M. White, born April 1, 1852 in Illinois, and she was only 46 years old when she died and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Junction City KS on May 27 1898. She and Charles were married October 8, 1866 at the young age of 14.

Charles William Pickering

On Mar 8 1881, Charles attended his father's [Charles William Harrison Pickering] funeral in England. According to his father's Last Will and Testament, Charles inherited a place called "Neosho Farm", plus "one ninth" of his father's estate. Neosho Farm was most likely located near the Neosho River. The river headwaters were in Morris County, KS (just South of Junction City) and flowed Southeast toward the Arkansas River. Geneva was a town founded in 1857 (free state) in Allen County, KS and it was located on the Neosho River. (See 1880 Census below). [description of farm: Jim and Corene Wilson]

Heirs of Charles William's Estate, According to the Disposition of the estate of F.V. Pickering [1859-1932] Charles Eugene Pickering, Harold Pickering, and Fred Pickering (sons), Maud Hunt, and Martha Ethel Pickering (daughters).

Charles married Mary E. Dicarson "Betty" after Bell died. She was a midwife and had a daughter (also Mary E.) who was known to the family as "Jenny." All TEN of his children were with Bell. That included four (Ralph, Paulena, Herbert, and Edward) who died when they were young children. Harold died when he was hit by a train. The family never saw much of him and he had an alias of "Tom Collins."

charles William Kansas

1911 - Passengers aboard the Lusitania


Children of Charles William Pickering and Clara Isabella White

CHARLES EUGENE Pickering [Click here for more details]

b: 24 Sep 1868, Marshal Co., Iowa
d: 8 Aug 1956 Chapman, KS (age 88)

William James Pickering
b: 10 Mar 1870, Patterson Grove, State Center, Iowa
d: 24 Aug 1870 (age 5 mos)

Harold Pickering
b: 1 Jan 1872, Winnebago Co, Illinois
d: 1934, Los Angeles CA (age 62)

Isabella Maud Pickering
b: 14 Oct 1873 Alameda Co., CA
m: 22 Sep 1895 in Junction City, KS
d: 29 May 1968 Mountain View Manor, Bennett, CO (age 95)
       + Harley HUNT b: 17 Nov 1869 o: Railroad Master Mechanic
             • Arthur Harley Hunt b: 03 Jul 1896 d: 10 Jan 1968 Denver, CO
             • Audrey Aileen Hunt b: 03 Mar 1898 d: 27 May 1985 Brighton, CO + never married
             • Olive Isabelle Hunt b: 18 May 1904 d: 21 Sept 1997
             • William Henry Hunt b: 28 Jul 1906 d: 14 Oct 1969
             • Loa Irene Hunt b: 23 Apr 1910 d: 09 Oct 1967
             • Harley Edward Hunt b: 24 Jul 1913 d: 28 Feb 1989 Denver, CO

Edward Pickering
b: 10 Oct 1985 Junction City, KS
d: 14 Jan 1896 (age 11 yrs of Diptheria)

Martha Ethel Pickering

b: 11 Feb 1886 Junction City, KS
d: 06 Mar 1971 Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery near Denver, CO, Never Married (age 85)

Alfred Aljorel Pickering
b: 21 Nov 1888 Junction City, KS
d: 16 May 1966 Denver, CO Burial: Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington, KS (age 78)
       + Clara Leona Tadlock b: 20 Dec 1895 d: 09 Feb 1929
             • Fred Pickering
             • Clara Isabella Pickering b: 10 Aug 1925

Ralph Pickering
b: 07 Mar 1891 Junction City, KS
d: 13 Jan 1896 (age 4 yrs 10 mos of Diptheria)

Paulena (Lena) Pickering
b: 28 Apr 1892 Junction City, KS
d: 10 Aug 1892 Junction City, KS (age 4 mos of Diptheria)

Herbert Pickering
b: 10 Aug 1893 Junction City, KS
d: 14 Jan 1896 (age 3 yrs of Diptheria)

Bell Pickering locket

Clara Isabelle White (Bell) Pickering
died in 1898. Her locket, handed down through the family, is pictured here. Corene Wilson writes, "When she died, Grandfather scratched 1898 on the locket. It is not really visible in the picture but is clear on the locket. If you look really closely there is the "18" under the "P" of Pickering" and "98" on the other side under the ng."

1880 Census - Geneva, Allen, Kansas
This census was taken when the family was living on Neosho Farm, KS which Charles inherited from his father after his father's death in 1881, England.

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Charles W. Pickering Head 38 1841 Mar Farmer England
Isabelle Wife 29 1851 Mar   Illinois
Charles E Pickering Son 12 1868   Student Iowa
Harold Pickering Son 8 1872   Student Illinois
Isabella M Pickering Dau 7 1873     California
Frank Dale Hired 21     Farm Larborer Illinois
Emma Dibble Hired 29     Domestic Servant Ohio

1881 Census - St Georges Mount, Birkenhead, [partial listing] at Father's Funeral

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Charles W. Pickering son 6 mos 1842 Mar American Land Owner Liverpool

1885 Census - Kansas State Census Collection, Junction City, Davis Co.

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Charles W. Pickering Head 43 1842 Mar Teamster  
Isabell Wife 36 1849      
Charles E Son 16 1869      
Harold Pickering Son 14 1871      
Maude Pickering Dau 11 1874      

1900 Census - Geary Co., Junction City, KS.

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Charles W. H. Pickering Head 58 1841 Mar Teamster England
Mary E Wife 36 Feb 1867 Mar   Missouri
Martha E Pickeirng Dau 14 Feb 1886 Unm   Kansas
Fred A(ljorel) Pickering Son 11 Mar 1889 Unm   Kansas
Mary E Dicarson Step-Dau 16 Apr 1884 Unm   Missouri

1905 Census - Geary Co., Junction City, KS.

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Charles W. H. Pickering Head 64 1841 Mar   England
Mary E Wife 27   Mar    
Mary E Dickarson Dau 21        
Martha E Pickering Dau 19        

The family of Charles William has graciously provided by Skip Pickering of Manhattan, KS and Corene and Jim Wilson of Athens, GA.